Wedding In September

A wedding is a monumental event, a triumph of love and a vision of joy, when two hearts are joined as one. Here we glorify that blissful occasion with a visual collection. This is a marriage of photographs I selected  from the works of Joey Manalaysay Robles, Charvin Torne, Rosvic Castro , and Choobie Albia; classic lines from Literary Greats; and Haute Couture by the multi-talented Fashion Designer Extraordinaire DON CRISTOBAL.


photo by Joey Robles

” It’s September, and a calmness and a sweetness seem to fall. Over everything that’s living, just as though it hears the call “  ~ It’s, September, Edgar Albert Guest


photo by Joey Robles

” How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight. “
~ Sonnets from the Portuguese, Elizabeth Browning


photo by Joey Robles

 ” Happiness.It comes on unexpectedly.And goes beyond, really, any early morning talk about it.” ~ Happiness, by Raymond Carver


photo by Joey Robles

 ” O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;”~ Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare


photo by Charvin Torne

 ” The wine of Love is music, And the feast of Love is song: “
~ Wine Of Love, James Thomson


photo by Charvin Torne

” A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. “
~ from Endymion, John Keats


photo by Charvin Torne

 ” Her mouth, from whence wit still obligingly flows,
Has the beautiful blush, and the smell, of the rose. “
~ Sylvia, Sir George Etherege


photo by Choobie Albia

 ” Dreams of the summer night! Tell her, her lover keeps. “ ~ Serenade, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


photo by Choobie Albia

” Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears;  Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you , let its vastness be undisguised in all your days.”  ~ A Blessing for Wedding, Jane Hirshfield


photo by Choobie Albia

” But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent! ” ~ She Walks In Beauty, Lord Byron


photo by Rosvic Castro

 “She’s happy, with a new Content- That feels to her-like Sacrament-.” ~ She’s happy with a new content, Emily Dickinson


photo by Rosvic Castro

Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.”
~The Sun Rising, John Donne


photo by Rosvic Castro

” If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee.”
~ To My Dear and Loving Husband, Anne Bradstreet


It was a sunny weekend when I got invited to an open shoot for photographers by fashion designer Don Cristobal. The venue was at the historical Paco Park in Manila. It was actually my first time in that place, so I got really excited despite the fact that I only got a few hours of sleep. In fact, too excited and in awe that I actually never felt sleepy or tired during the whole shoot!


Behind every photographer is an i-phone clicking!

Everyone was exceedingly nice and welcoming even if all are too busy preparing,walking in and out the dressing area and the photographers going around the venue to get the perfect spot to shoot, Mr. Cristobal, ( who is fondly called Don or sir Don ) and the DC Team ( Don Cristobal Team) are all in a fuss like doing the styling, retouching the makeup , preparing the food, or holding the reflector. Good thing I still managed to have a friendly chat with a few of them including the models who looked radiant in their Don Cristobal creations. It was amusing to note that I wasn’t able to notice some of the team who were candidates from the recent DC Universe Pageant, they looked totally different without the costumes ( but still looking good in their true selves ) ! Well, save for Andrew Jardenil ( DC Universe 2015  title holder) who I immediately recoginzed, thanks to a dozen of his FB posts hehe.


Beneath the heat of the sun, is an ongoing busy scene of a mixture of glamour and painstaking activities.

Everyone was as professional as they can be even on midday which was really hot at that tome. But no matter what, I guess it is innate for artists to get things done while one is still full of ideas and vigor while enjoying his or her passion. And after several hours and more than a hundred shots later, everybody’s done. We packed up while in anticipation to see the grrrrreat photos of the day!


Fashion designer Don Cristobal was very hands on during the shoot.


Photographers at work.


It’s a mix of work and fun!


Dressing room scenes with the DC Team and models.


Top L-R: bridesmaids Caren Retamar Braun and Camille Sedar; the bride Catherine Almirante. Below L-R: with the very bibo ring bearer Justin Jacob Echano,and groom Ivan Daryle Francisco; Jacob charming the bridesmaids.


Top left-right: My ID for the shoot, with MUA Nestor Nazareno; Middle L-R: With MUA Andrew Jardenil, and photographer Charvin Torne; Below L-R: With designer Don Cristobal, photographer Charvin Torne, and models Camille Sedar, Caren Retamar Braun, Ivan Daryle Francisco, Catherine Almirante, and Ella Bacani.


With fashion designer Don Cristobal, and his muse of the day Catherine Almirante – 2nd runner-up Ms. Global International 2014.

Thank you to Don Cristobal, the photographers, models, and the DC Team!. 🙂

designer/stylist : Don Cristobal  –
asst. stylist : Nestor Nazareno –
hair and makeup:
Andrew Jardenil –
Jovit Sanguyo –
Archie Vergara –
Emerson Viel Labay –
Rj Garcia –

Joey Robles –
Charvin Torne –
Choobie Albia –
Rosvic Castro

models :
Catherine Almirante
Ivan Daryle Francisco
Caren Retamar Braun
Camille Sedar
Ella Bacani
Louella Pasion
Justin Jacob Echano
organizer : DC Team Manila
location: Saint Pancrius Chapel, Paco Park, Manila

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The First DC Universe 2015 Pageant


On the spotlight last August 29 at the events place of Shaw 500 were not the usual beauty pageant contestants who went through rigorous physical enhancements and trainings to get the much coveted crown. Those who competed were actually the ones who are responsible for beautifying and glamorizing the people on the runways, in front of the cameras and on glossies.


The multi-hyphenate and highly talented Don Cristobal, Fashion Designer, Stylist, Photographer, Events Coordinator of D&C Fashion Studio and the man behind the Miss DC Universe 2015.

The multi talented fashion designer Don Cristobal made this uniquely inspiring feat possible by creating his first DC Universe (Stylists & Make-Up Artists Edition) pageant. It was an event that gave stylists and makeup artists who worked with him the chance to showcase another facet of their artistry, talent, and personality. This time they’re not merely working backstage, but are the ones given recognition, parading and enjoying the cheers and accolades of the adulating crowd!


Don Cristobal with the winners, DC UNIVERSE 2015 : JAPAN Andrew Jardenil , 1st Runner Up – PUERTO RICO Jovit Sanguyo , 2nd Runner Up – JAMAICA Brian Paycana Patorgo, 3rd Runner Up – VENEZUELA Oliver Bumatay, 4th Runner Up – PHILIPPINES Dhanica Bagasina. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)

What I witnessed that evening was not only the usual pageantry (though all the glitz and glamour was there). But what astounded me was the team effort that these people gave despite the competition. Their stories behind the planning, rigorous preparation and the friendships that they shared was amazing. They are not some of the usual haughty divas of the usual beauty contests, but hard working artists who collaborated to create a celebration of their diverse talents and true selves. They showcased more than what the strokes of their makeup brushes and stylistic hands can do with the help of Mr.Cristobal who was undoubtedly their inspiration for his achievements through his artistry and professionalism.
It is quite amusing to note too that several candidates admitted that they were first timers and don’t dress as females. But on that night they gamely transformed themselves into beauties with brains and impressively stood out during the competition like Miss Japan ( Andrew Jardenil ) who won the judges’ vote, and ultimately took home the first ever Miss DC Universe 2015 title.

Truly that evening radiated with a different kind of energy and ambiance. Despite the tough competition, the affair was brimming with fun, camaraderie, togetherness and gratitude.


Best in National Costume ( clockwise from upper left) 1. Philippines – Dhanica Bagasina 2. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay 3. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


Fascinating National Costumes during the opening and introduction of candidates . ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


Special awards given to lucky contestants who wowed the crowd together with talented hosts Kirt Mercado and Babymariel Santos . ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


Performing in their casual wear. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


During the long gown competition. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


The top five that stood out among the lovely candidates. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)


Top: Miss Japan Andrew Jardenil crowned by Miss Philippines Earth- Fire 2015 Bence Bianzon with celebrity stylist Harold Cabrera and DC Universe founder Don Cristobal . Below: DC Universe 2015 and the runners up. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)

MORE PHOTOS: ( From the files of Don Cristobal )


The elusive DC Universe 2015 crown.


The Parade of Nations.


Some of the candidates showing their multi talented facets at the Talent night in Trez Pass Resto Lounge.



Yours truly with the admirable Don Cristobal and guest judge Miss Philippines- Fire 2015 Bience Bianzon.


With celebrity stylist Harold Cabrera.


Thick and thin round specs for the night. Another photo with the stylistic Harold C. ( photo courtesy of Joey Manalaysay Robles)

DC UNIVERSE 2015 (Stylists & Make-Up Artists Edition) List of Winners :
DC UNIVERSE 2015 : JAPAN Andrew Jardenil
1st Runner Up – PUERTO RICO Jovit Sanguyo
2nd Runner Up – JAMAICA Brian Paycana Patorgo
3rd Runner Up – VENEZUELA Oliver Bumatay
4th Runner Up – PHILIPPINES Dhanica Bagasina
Best in National Costume
1. Philippines – Dhanica Bagasina
2. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
3. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
Best in Swimsuit
1. Jamaica – Brian Patorgo
2. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
3. Philippines – Dhanica Bagasina
Best in Long Gown
1. Jamaica – Brian Patorgo
2. Philippines – Dhanica Bagasina
3. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
Best in Talent
1. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
2. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
3. Thailand – Erico Tiongson
Ms. Friendship
Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
Darling of the Crowd
1. USA – Nestor Nazareno
2. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
3. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
Ms. Photogenic
Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
Runners Up
India – Emerson Viel Labay
Trinidad & Tobago – Darwin Siñel
Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
Jamaica – Brian Patorgo
Peoples Choice Award
1. Japan – Andrew Jardenil
2. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
3. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
FB Choice Award
1. Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo
2. Venezuela – Oliver Bumatay
3. Philippines – Dhanica Bagasina
Ms. Eyelash Diva
Japan – Andrew Jardenil
Ms. Prestige International
Jamaica -Brian Patorgo
Ms. Javalogy
Japan – Andrew Jardenil
Ms. Trezpass
Puerto Rico – Jovit Sanguyo

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